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National Village Cup

Sixth Round 





Sunday 12th July 2015 at 1:30pm

Girls Cricket

Cricket training will be held for girls at the cricket ground in Bronwydd every Monday between 4:30 - 5:30pm. It will be maily for girls in School Years 5 - 9. 

Players of all abilities are welcome to attend the coaching sessions.


At the 2015 AGM held on Friday 9th January, the 

captains for the 2015 season were elected

1st team  -  Kevin Morgan

2nd Team  -  Dorian Jones

3rd Team  -  Brian Howells


The eagerly anticipated local derby between Drefach and Bronwydd gave the large crowd full value, as the total runs for the afternoon totalled 425.

The home team batted first and were given a steady start by Dafydd Humphreys and Aled Mogan, who put on 65 for the first wicket on a pitch that was more suited to the batsmen and made the bowlers work very hard for their rewards. Drefach began to loose wickets without building any meaningful partnerships and Bronwydd skipper Kevin Morgan only used 4 bowlers, but they all kept to the plan and restricted Drefach to 212 for 7 when a score closer to 250 was on the cards. Aled Morgan fell 6 runs short of a deserved century with Alan Carter (33) and Billy McBride (24no) the other main contributers. George Gleeson took 3 for 41, David Dunfee 2 for 57 and the other wicket to fall went to Gihan Fernando.

Bronwydd knew that the target was gettable with careful application and this proved to be correct, as Oli Furneaux and James Cale put on 130 for the first wicket in 33 overs. Furneaux played the best innings of his season, hitting the ball hard into space and running hard to keep the pressure on the fielding team. He was out for 71 and with 82 needed from 16 overs, George Gleeson continued his recent run of form to blast 57 off only 44 balls, and victory was achieved for no further wickets, with James Cale undefeated on 75. The victory leaves Bronwydd, at the halfway point in the season, 31 points above second placed Cowbridge. 

In a match sponsored by Dorian Harries, the Bronwydd CC 2nd XI took the field at home in search of their sixth outright victory in 2015. With their strongest batting line-up of the season, including ten competent batsmen, Bronwydd took on league minnows Morriston CC 2nd XI, currently struggling (despite last season’s promotion) at the foot of  Division 5 of the South Wales Cricket Association.
On a slow wicket at Cnwc-y-Deri the Morriston skipper asked the home side to field, a decision based either upon an overweening confidence in their own batting ability or a readiness to settle for a swift conclusion to the game. The visitors, however, began steadily with both Bronwydd opening bowlers Colin Tucker and Matthew Bagshaw (currently top wicket-taker in Division 5) allowing the batsmen too much time to settle at the crease and too many opportunities to slowly build their innings.
The balance of the game, however, was decisively changed at a stroke in favour of Bronwydd with a brilliant piece of fielding from Bagshaw’s bowling. Iwan Davies, fielding at cover point, took an instinctive diving catch from a well-struck low drive from the visitors’ captain and opening bat Phil Evans. The catch seemed to stun the visitors and galvanize the home side’s fielding efforts to such an extent that even Colin Tucker was later able to canter at least a couple of metres before falling onto a catch skied to mid-off.
Firebrand skipper Dorian Jones then light the touch paper and took five wickets in only eleven overs (11-5-20-5) and completely undermined the visitors’ batting ambitions. Left-arm spinner Carwyn Francis gained invaluable experience and generally bowled a good line and length, taking one wicket and applying scoreboard pressure which eventually resulted in a run out. From a promising start of 91-2 the visitors had collapsed for a total of only 114 in 44 overs.
After an early tea, Iwan Davies (59 no) and Owen Thomas (51 no) combined in unflappable fashion to pick off the required runs in less than 24 overs as they romped home in total control, with Iwan Davies notable at the death for his selflessness and gentlemanly conduct as he blocked his final deliveries to gift Owen Thomas the opportunity to achieve his second successive fifty and third successive unbeaten innings. Despite several bowling changes Morriston were unable to prevent the Bronwydd opening batsmen from achieving another resounding 10-wicket victory.
There’s no doubt that the challenge for the Bronwydd 2nd XI will be much greater next Saturday when they play away at fourth-placed Llandysul, but with their recent run of good form and with the strength in depth of their squad Bronwydd should at least feel confident that, with application, they are capable of achieving a good result and sustain their push for promotion. 

Here is the Bronwydd 1st XI that beat Colwall in the Fifth Round of the Wisden National Village Cup.

Colwall batted first and scored 223 all out off 39.5 overs. Bronwydd replied with 225-8 off 39.1 overs.

Bronwydd now go through to the Sixth Round and travel to Holmesfield, Derbyshire (S18 7WL) on the 12th July.


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